Food Wars! / Shokugeki no Soma
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, School, Ecchi, Food
First Aired: Spring 2015, 24 episodes
Summary: Souma Yukihira may only be fifteen years old, but he is no stranger to the kitchen. Since he was little he has helped his father run their restaurant. Souma is not only proficient at cooking; he is a natural when it comes to using his creativity to concoct a new dish. His dream is to take over the family restaurant once his father hangs up the apron. Everything is progressing smoothly in Souma’s life until his father pulls him aside with news that he is closing the restaurant for a few years to travel around the world. On top of that, he has been enrolled in the Tootsuki Culinary Academy, where he will finish his high school career. Will Souma be able to adapt to life in the prestigious academy or will he be part of the 90 percent that does not make it to graduation?
Food Wars has a lot of what I love about anime. It’s a sprinkle of quirkiness combined with a dash of over-the-top behavior and a dollop of emotion. The cooking is often described in monologues that can only be described as anime at its most ridiculous. I really can’t do the show justice by trying to explain it, it has to be viewed to be fully appreciated. I will say the amount of detail given to the food is exceptional. The look of the completed dishes left me with a desire to attempt cooking them myself, especially after seeing the look on the judge’s faces after tasting the marvelous cuisines. Food Wars is a fun watch because it combines food and battle. The “Shokugeki” or “Food Wars” are an absolute delight to witness as you everything from the preparation beforehand to the battle in the kitchen to the reaction of the judges.
You might enjoy this if: You are a fan of cooking shows on the Food Network, as Food Wars is practically one of those with a giant anime spin added to it.
You might not like it if: Sexual innuendo makes you squeamish. While nothing is shown, you know what’s happening…
Note to the Viewer: The Food Wars manga began as a one-shot in the April 2012 Weekly Shounen Jump. Now it’s currently ongoing and up to 19 volumes!
AMV – Remember the Name by MoustacheMan
Even though it’s about food, there’s no spoilers in this AMV!